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News bites: March 5, 2016

  • Yay for Splish Splash Love — it’s scored over 10 million views and broken all sorts of web drama records. Director Kim Ji-hyun said, “It’s shocking. Even though it’s a short two-episode drama, I think we were able to receive this love because of the actors and staff. I’m thankful, and I will work harder and hope to bring viewers [another] good project someday.” Yes please! [Ten Asia]
  • Ji Chang-wook is returning to the small screen, but it’s not for a Korean drama, as many of us had hoped (sob!). He’s headed back to Shanghai to film Whirlwind Girl 2, where he’s joining the romance and martial arts drama as a lead in the second season. Cameras start rolling March 20, and he’ll film there and in Changsha for three months. [Star News]

  • Ji Chang-wook, Go Jun-hee

  • Go Jun-hee (She Was Pretty) is headlining her first Chinese drama, The Rhapsody of Summer Dream. Based on a novel that made a top ten young adult fiction list in China in 2014, it will be about classical music, choices and love. Zhang Han (Meteor Shower series) has been cast opposite her, and filming will begin soon in Shanghai and Prague. [Joongang]
  • This casting is fun: Kim Ji-suk (Sassy Go Go) has been cast as a self-absorbed attorney and friend of Eric in Oh Hae-young Again. He’ll woo Eric’s eight-years-older noona, played by Yeh Ji-won (The Producers). The latter is reuniting with writer Park Hae-young (they worked together on Old Miss Diary), and she’s been cast as a director at a large conglomerate. Widely considered a total bitch at the office, her character is hiding an alcohol addiction outside of work. Kim becomes her man to lean on, and she’ll begin to fall for him. The mystery romance about two women named Oh Hae-young stars Eric and Seo Hyun-jin and follows Pied Piper on tvN in May. [Joy News 24 1, 2]

  • Kim Ji-suk, Yeh Ji-won

  • Showdown, the fisticuffs movie starring Oh Ji-ho and Lee Joo-seung, has cast Sohn Eun-seo (Answer Me 1988, Strange Daughter-in-Law) as a ladylike character with maternal instincts. The film about an online war of words that turns into a real-life fight will be directed by Shin Dong-yeob (Untouchable Lawmen) and also stars Lee Jung-jin and Shin Jung-geun. [KBS]
  • Oh no, it’s been two years, and the Age of Feeling cast STILL hasn’t been paid. Producer Ray & Mo hopes to resolve the issue by the end of May, but the actors aren’t holding their breaths. [Star News]

  • Kyung Su-jin, Kim Go-woon

  • There are a lot of exciting film projects in the works, and Will You Be There is a prime example. Based on the eponymous novel by Guillaume Musso, Kim Yoon-seok will go back in time to meet his younger self (Byun Yo-han) and convince him to go after a girl. Kim Ok-bin’s little sister, Kim Go-woon (Dugeun Dugeun My Life) is hashing out the details to play the love of his life and the woman they’re (he’s) searching for. Cameras will begin rolling before the end of June. [Star News]
  • Another film to watch out for is manhwa adaptation King’s Case Files, which has just added Kyung Su-jin (Bluebird’s House) as the female lead. The movie will be directed by Moon Hyun-sung (Korea/As One), produced and distributed by CJ Entertainment, and will star Lee Seon-kyun as a crime-solving king and Ahn Jae-hong as his plucky sidekick. Filming begins in May. [TV Report]

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Yay for Splash Splash Love!

Now someone reunite Yoon Doojoon and Kim Seul-gi as an OTP already!

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also, good to see Kim Ji-suk in a new role - even if he'll always be Ssaem to me <3

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I thought this would be a double good news for you :).

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Yes, after this week it's nice to be reminded of dramas that actually deserved my love from start to finish.

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As a fan of both Yoon Doo-joon and Kim Seul-gi, this drama totally appealed to me!

Add in the mix of a cute web drama and I was sold!

Would love to see them reunited, too! :)

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Is there a site to watch Splish Splash Love other than Viki? The commercials there keep continually jamming.

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You can try on Dramafire

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Thanks! It's not there, but it's a new site that I wasn't aware of.

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It's there though. I watched it from there too. Try Splash Splash Love in their search box.

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It's there! :D

Thank you Boomboompow and MeLi, Go Go! ♥. Thank you also to the other people who suggested sites. I'm going to check them out. :D

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go to dramanice

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May I suggest adblock? I mean, it's kind of mean to the website owners, but it works.

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Myasiantv!!

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Sign up for the free trial, then subscribe. It's only US$3.99 a month.

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Yay! Is right :)) love this show.

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I m so happy for splash splash . I hope they make a 12 episode drama with the same lead actors and story

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+100

How much I loved that drama :')))

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Yayyyyyyyy!! *throws confetti*

And yes we totally need more Doo-joon and Seul-gi on our screen <333

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I want my da shi xiong as Yang Yang for Whirlwind Girl. No offense, JCW's fans.

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Me too! Yang Yang please.

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The writer-nim insisted on an all-new cast for Season 2. But Yang Yang is rumoured to be making a cameo in the next series.

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For me, I want JCW back in Korea Hahahaha I have no idea where to watch Chinese dramas or if I will like it ;)

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LOL for all of you who were wondering what our stance is on the news... no, we're not thrilled at all with Ji Chang Wook accepting a new Chinese drama. Not one bit. Even the Chinese fans are up in arms over this new casting; they're telling him to go home and stay home (in a nice way, of course).

But maybe there's a teeny-tiny consolation wondering if this is just for him to waste some time until a proper Korean drama is presented for his consideration. Yup, that's our story and we're sticking to it. Still... *sobs*

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After filming this drama in China, let's kidnap him and don't let him go to China again! Kekeke...

I miss him in a Korean drama.. and wish there's a project good and interesting enough for him.

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Somehow you made the whole kidnapping thing sound cute?? Dont worry im not flirting, im a girl! But.......yeah i cant justify what i just said! Im pretty weird y'know!

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Is Ji Chang Wook any good in Chinese dramas?

I mean, I'm watching DotS and their non-Korean actors are better than the usual day players, but they still make you wince. Do they at least cast him in a way where his speaking/comprehension skills make sense?

There's a huge difference between fluent actors playing immigrant/other characters and an actual non-fluent actor taking on the same role.

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"Do they at least cast him in a way where his speaking/comprehension skills make sense?"

He gets dubbed, of course.

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His first Chinese drama ("Mr. Right") has yet to be broadcast, so we cannot opine on his "any good" just yet.

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Sob...Ji chang wooooooook. Nooooooooo! I miss you in a k-drama.

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If he doesn't at least do one k-drama before his enlistment, I will be very sad. :(

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Splish Splash Love was super cute and surprisingly well made for a webdrama. The cinematography was really pretty, hope we can see more from this PD in the future.

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I had a little heart attack seeing these two again on cover,but alas no news of them together again yet! Please dramagods,just cast them on anything,silly cheesy over the top romance would do too.

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no, I'm convinced they're so perfect that the drama gods wouldn't waste them on just any old project, but are holding out for one as good as SSL to finally reunite them.

(fingers crossed)

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Hear,hear!
Though I am really so ecstatic over seeing them together so I believe they can even turn the scripts around with their super awesome and quick chemistry/acting chops. But your idea is even better lol.And sorry for spamming all the news threads with petition for them lol.

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If spamming would help I'm in. Make it happen drama gods?

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Me too! I have never clicked the More button that fast. Was hoping for a reunion or sequel (or anything really as long as I can see more of these 2 and the production team combo) but anyway, yay for 10 mil! So happy it got the love and recognition it deserves.

SSL is still my no 1 most favorite kdrama of all time. Not since Coffee Prince that a drama has given me so much feels.

Now, who do I have to pay so I can have Lets Eat 3 with Doo Joon and Seul Gi?

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"Lets Eat 3 with Doo Joon and Seul Gi" - YESSSSS! You are a genius!!!!

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Yes Yes Yes!!!
She can just be that foodie blogger character from Surplus Princess! Perfection!

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Wow how awesome would that be? 2 foodie bloggers in 1 roof in love-hate relationship with sizzling chemistry - ok I'll stop now.

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Me too!! I thought for a second the 2 ep special was getting extended!!

but if I can't have that, then this popularity better mean more acting projects for doo jun and seul gi, I can't wait to see them again on screen, separately and together!

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I didn't know Splash Splash Love was a web drama, all this time I thought it was a public station's special. I'm even more surprised now by its quality.

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i think it was an MBC special drama, but was aired in Internet too.

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Oh Age of Feeling cast STILL haven't been paid?? What happens to the producers/production company? You can't just run away from your responsibility and at least there should be some amount of money you had when you produce a drama allocated directly for the casts, right?
Hope it resolved soon! I didn't and don't intend to watch it but I feel bad for the actors and staffs who have to endure it for more than 2 years.

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I volunteer to feed Song Jae-rim in the mean time.

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How about sharing the same housing because he surely can not pay the rent, can he?

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Thanks. I'm ordering a bidet right now.

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Lol?? Looks like you watch WGM, huh?!??? Also i volunteer to house him, feed him and everything. I have an extra room in my house and i already have a bidet! ?

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I can also phone and ask my mom to ship hers to your place. Or I can ever deliver it in person. No biggie.

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And no news on Yoon Shi Yoon yet? *sobs*

This whole Age of Feeling situation is terrible. How is this even possible?

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Not a rarity in k-ent. To this day I still don't know whether the "Fugitive: Plan B" drama cast and crew have been paid. The scandal had broken after the the released news that leads Lee NaYoung and Rain hadn't gotten their paychecks a few months after the broadcast.

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True. I think Hyun Bin and Song Hye Kyo were never paid for World's Within. They waited so long they both just gave up and said forget it, if I recall correctly.

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That's really messed up! O.o I mean I guess for Hyun Bin and SHK it's not a big deal - even though it's still crappy for them to not getting paid. But for young actors who aren't making a lot money it's NOT okay.

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I think there were issues with payment of actors on Valid Love as well.

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Unfortunately it's happened so many times before. When fans get angry on why the original trajectory of a drama gets so disappointing (a.k.a. "train wreck"), we should always keep in mind that there might be more serious problems than the writers' sudden incompetence that just wasted talents or the actors' bad acting. The live-shooting system and repeatedly disappointing ratings, especially for high-cost dramas, have caused irreversible damages more than once.

The worst thing I've read was the suicide of Faith's PD, the same man who directed Sand Glass and Eyes of Dawn, two of the greatest hits in the '90s. What if the writer had done the same? No Healer? The horror...

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Miss JCW. Please comeback soon to k dramaland

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Someone please cast YDJ and KMS in a drama, I'm pretty sure they were responsible for the most views.

Why JI CHANG-WOOK why! ?

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Oooh I'm interested in seeing the relationship develop between Kim Ji-suk & Yeh Ji-won's characters! I really loved Yeh Ji Won in Producers. She is good at being funny. Oh Hae-young Again's casting seems to be great. Gotta add this drama to my to-watch list.

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I love Kim Ji Suk too!
So glad that this time he will definitely get the girl, since he will have his own love line :) I agree that the casting for Oh Hae Young Again is pretty cool, I like everyone!

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Thought Kim Ji-suk did the best portrayal of the 2nd lead male in INR2012.

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Aww, I love Kim Ji Suk; he's great. Looking forward to see him romance someone again.

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I really like Ji Suk too. Looking forward to seeing him on screen soon.

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I love Byun Yo-Han and I love that he's kept busy with all his projects! Just wish he's made more useful in Six Flying Dragons because they've been wasting his talents the past 20 episodes making him mope in a corner most of the time.

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Isn't Zhang Han also starring in Braveness of the Ming?

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I want Doojoon and Seulgi in a proper drama. ARGHHH they are the perfect OTP. 2 hours isnt enough to fulfill my fangirl dose.

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I always wonder why they cast korean actors in chinese dramas. I know a big reason is because of their popularity and the money, but I don't think it makes a "good" drama because of the dubbing and the disconnect with the language? Has anyone ever watched a chinese drama with a korean actor that you felt was natural and un-awkward? If so, pls tell me because I haven't... Absolute Boyfriend, Park Hae-jin's chinese dramas, etc have all... been disappointments for me. Also, in general I find it kind of annoying that chinese dramas use dubbed over voices even for regular chinese actors? Like in Victoria's drama with Calvin Chen.... haha sorry for the rant, i just felt a little sad that JCW wasn't gonna be in a kdrama this year :((

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Yoon Kyesang's chinese movie is quite good, imo. Probably because its a movie so its different. But yeah I've chinese dramas with korean actors/idols that are really bad.

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michelle ~

I can't say that dubbing has ever helped, benign is the most that they can hope for there. I hope to see Jung Il Woo in the upcoming Chinese movie The Rise of a Tomboy, curious if he'll have chemistry with Zhao Li Ying.

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I can feel it!!! We are this close in getting Doojoon and Seul-gi in another drama!!!!

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Fingers (& toes) crossed!

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oh yes please make splash part 2!
bring the cast back please!

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ji chang wook shi.... only if the dubbing over his voice part was not there.....(crying my heart out)... I hope they will have a good dubbing artist do his part...

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Since Kim Seul Gi is the perfect choice for the female lead in Unlucky Romance. Why not have Doojoon reunite with her?

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Yeah for Splash_Splash_Love. ..it deserves all the love.

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I wonder why JCW has signed on for a second season of anything .. I mean those are doomed to fail even before they hit the screen...
I hope he'd to a korean drama before enlisting.. but that would only be possible now around July , which is cutting it close to his enlistment

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About Ji Chang Wook's drama he just finished filming-- is there any possibility that he spoke his lines in Chinese? He's been learning the language, and he's received kudos for singing in Chinese very accurately. I have no idea if this is even a possibility that would speak Chinese in the drama. It would be so cool though!

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Yay for splash splash love ???????

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Splish splash love seems like it was being used to gauge how audiences would respond to Kim Seul-gi as a romantic lead. I'm sure the original acting plan for her was "spunky best friend", but they were catching on that she's very popular with the audience in everything she's been in. So this project was to see if she could carry a show on her own. Can she be the romantic lead? The answer is, clearly, YES. Expect her to headline her next project. Classic Hollywood used to do this all the time. When an actor was showing promise, they would put them in a small project and just observe how the audience responded. Sometimes they would put two promising actors in one project and look to see who the audience noticed more.

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